Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Teaching children financial literacy | Best international school in Bangalore

Being patient while answering any finance related questions that children may ask you as you go about your own financial matters is a challenging task. But it has a very worthy long-term outcome!
TRIO World Academy Bangalore is a thriving hub of students from many cultures. Each culture has its own lifestyle: a blend of myriad qualities, behaviours, attires, and cuisine. However, there is one thing that is common across several cultures: the concept of money.

Why talk about money?

Money provides a means to trade any assets you own in return for something that you need. Life skills like discipline, hard work, and politeness, subjects such as history and calculus are things that students are expected to learn as they go through their growing years. Financial literacy, although very crucial to a childs future, is sometimes overlooked. Parents and educators often assume that it is a skill that can be picked up on the go.

Teaching children about money

Money and finance are tightly interwoven with our careers, success and life in general, whether we choose to admit it or not. It is our responsibility to teach children to be financially literate.
Money can be a difficult topic to speak about depending on our own cultural beliefs and upbringing. It might be especially challenging to be open with our own financial setbacks and their consequences. We might also not consider ourselves as experts when it comes to matters of finance. As with all other behaviors, children model their money habits around those of their parents, guardians, close family and peers.

Steps to financial literacy

  • One may begin speaking to children about finances early with age-appropriate money topics. You can begin by teaching them how money holds value and how it can be exchanged for goods or services.

  • Creating a bank account for your child and introducing them to the concept of saving and various operations of banking one step at a time will be helpful.

  • Teaching them to plan their allowance and maximize its utilization is also a valuable activity. It is necessary to set limits on indiscriminate spending.

  • The concept of credit cards and loans can be introduced to older children. One must make them understand that using a card creates a debt against their account, which needs to be repaid. Clearing misconceptions about credit cards and interest payments goes a long way in cultivating healthy spending habits.

  • Marketers might take advantage of kids need to fit in by promising them a place among the in crowd, in exchange for buying certain products. Teaching them the concepts of needs vs. wants, and helping them allocate a suitable portion of the allowance for the wants, can help them counter the strong influence of marketing and advertisements.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Connecting children with nature

Human beings are becoming more and more conscious of the importance of nature in their lives, with every passing day. We might be at a point in history where our survival depends on this environment consciousness.  Time spent in nature is as much a human need as food. We might be, in fact, hardwired to be connected to nature.
In the process of losing our connection to the habitat that human beings evolved in, younger generations were deprived of their exposure to nature. The ways in which this affects children are only being uncovered now.

What does it mean to connect with nature?

A connection with nature means that one understands how interlinked we are to every aspect of nature. It is a deep understanding of the fact that any actions that lead to adverse effects on our natural environment can affect us too. In order to sustain ourselves, we need to nurture this connection and honour it.
Many obligations & barriers may get in our way of connecting with nature. This would include loss of open spaces, increasing traffic, population rise, concrete jungles and more. Creating opportunities, both small and big, on a day to day basis, can fix our chronic nature deficiency.

How to help children connect with nature:

  •  The first and foremost step would be to take them out to spend time with nature as often as possible. This could range from an outdoor nature camp to a simple observation of a potted plant or pet animal.  Encourage them to be quiet and observe without interfering.
  • Help them safely interact with plants, insects and animals under supervision. Take all the necessary precautions. Encourage questions & exploration.
  • Encourage and help them to grow their own plants, preferably food crops.
  • Explore natural objects like rocks, shells, leaves, insects, seeds, vegetables, flowers etc. with them.


  1.  Connecting with nature helps improve social, psychological, academic & physical health.
  2. Children can cultivate an appreciation for the beauty, calmness, complexity and power of nature.
  3. They can understand the impact of their actions on their surroundings and how their surroundings affect them.
  4. It will encourage them to be less wasteful of resources and more thoughtful when it comes to spending them.
  5. It helps in cultivating curiosity, imagination and peace of mind. It shows them how be respectful of all creatures and plants, no matter how insignificant.
  6. Reduced exposure to artificial lighting enhances health.
  7. Playing in open areas encourages coordination, cooperation and improves physical health.
  8. Outdoor camps promote development of discipline, social skills and self care.

To know how International School Bangalore Trio makes use of natural lighting at TOTS, click here.
To know about Trio World Academys extracurricular activities like Wildlife club and Gardening, click here.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

10 ways to cultivate reading habits in children

“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” - Frank Serafini

Reading is regarded as a highly valuable hobby as well as skill. The positive effects of reading last well into school, university and work life. Successful people, despite being extremely busy, tend to take out sufficient  time to read deeply inspiring and informative literature. The benefits of reading are quite well known. An international school student stands to gain a lot from multicultural literature. So how does one actually turn it into a lifelong habit?
There are fortunately many ways to cultivate a lifelong habit of reading. Blogs and short articles do serve their purpose, but reading entire books on a particular subject of interest helps one deeply understand, analyse and critique its various aspects.

 Ways to cultivate reading habits

o      Read to children: It has been often repeated that one must read to children, yet this task carries a huge significance. Kids effortlessly pick up habits from their parents and older siblings. Deliberately reading in the presence of your children or reading to them will encourage them to pick up a book and start reading it themselves. 

o      Gift them a new book as often as you can: Pick up interesting books from your travels; at airports and bookstores in various cities and bring them home.

o      Cut back on unproductive TV and internet time: Although the advent of the internet has helped books reach a larger audience, there are plenty of ways to waste time surfing the internet or watching mindless television. 

o      Create an achievement hall of fame: Make a list of the books that you and your child have read, and celebrate your success!

o      Make reading time fun: Learning is a serious business but making reading time exciting and entertaining helps far more than a rigid and boring reading session. 

o      Let your child join a reading club: Many international schools organise reading clubs. Trio World Academy, Bangalore has its very own reading club that every child is required to join. TRIO library has over 22000 books and digital resources.
Many libraries in Bangalore organise reading events regularly to increase interest among children. They also organise theme based literary events, and book reading sessions by authors. 

o      Organise a read-a-thon: A group of children can gather together to read a specified number of books over a fixed period of time with a challenging goal such as raising money for charity.Trio World School organises read-a-thon every year.

o      Understand a child’s preferences. It is also important to understand the likes and dislikes of children so you can provide them with books that they enjoy. Every month at least take once child to book stores.There are plenty of good book stores in Bangalore.Like Sapna Book Depot

o      Cultivate a dedicated reading space: Try to create a dedicated zone in your home with minimal distractions and comfortable seating arrangements. Fill it up with interesting genres of books.

o      Introduce books of increasing complexity: As kids gain mastery over a certain level of reading skills, push them to try more complex works of literature.

Children can simply start by spending 15 to 20 minutes a day reading a book of their choice. As they get better at this skill, they will learn to enjoy it more. It will enhance their language skills and turn them into good conversationalists. They will meet fictional characters who will influence their worldviews tremendously. Books will teach them critical thinking, reasoning, ethics, responsibility and problem solving. You might also be moulding one of the future's best-selling authors!

Happy Reading :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Importance of creativity for Children

Each individual is born with immense potential for creativity. People who are extremely successful in the fields of medicine, arts, entrepreneurship, politics, pure sciences, engineering, education or public service have benefited from a mentor and/or an environment that nurtured creative thought and action. Starting Early “A baby's brain seems to be the most powerful learning computer on the planet.” says psychologist Alison Gopnik in her TED talk. The duration of a species’ childhood correlates to the size of its brain and intelligence. Humans have a comparatively longer childhood than other species.
Children have the ability to come up with unconventional solutions to problems. Billions of associations are being made within their brain based on all the stimuli and experiences that they encounter; this process slows down as we age. Early childhood is therefore, a great window of opportunity to develop the child’s abilities. How to encourage creativity in children Introduce younger children to good raw materials like paints, markers, coloured papers, clay and blocks. Encourage them to try their hands at art, music, dance or simple science experiments. Great innovations begin as an imaginative thought!
Older children can be introduced to challenging and interesting problems relating to the environment, health, sciences or society. It is ok to be messy when it comes to creativity. Although it might be challenging, allowing for mistakes and experimentation lets children put all their ideas to work. Care must be taken to ensure health & safety. Be aware about the culture of over consumption. Filling up the mind passively by watching TV shows, playing video games and using certain gadgets for very long periods of time may actually hurt creativity. Appreciate any creative solutions that children come up with even if they aren’t perfect.
Do not try to control the outcome of what a child is trying to achieve. Giving importance to the process of creation rather than the end result sets the perfect tone for coming up with great solutions. Excessive focus on achieving high grades by curtailing free flowing creative time can hurt creativity and therefore career prospects! On the other hand, overtly forcing creativity might actually prevent creative outcomes. We can set an example for children and others around us by being creative ourselves. Conclusion Creativity is not about just amusement. Helping children take small steps towards becoming more creative everyday has many benefits. We are not just helping children solve everyday problems, but we are building resilience, independent thought, and preparing them for dealing with unfamiliar situations. So how are you going to inspire a child today?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Is your child stressed out because of his school or you?

Let's take a look at our children today. We parents strongly believe that we are giving them the best of everything and training them to be the best version of themselves, but, let's think again. Are we?? Really??

Gone are the days when coming home after school meant going out and playing until we were forced to come in because it was late. School meant meeting friends and planning the next evening of fun. It was hoping that the teacher is absent, it was looking forward to free periods and turning in our home work at the nth moment.

Our parents advised and lectured us, but little did we listen. Well, some did and it anyway paid off for all in the long run. We were never pressurized into doing activities or nailed under the expectations of fueling someone else's dream. Unfortunately, how many children can agree to this today? They are sent to innumerable activities after school, and enrolled in classes they do not wish to attend. Every parent now wants their child to excel in every field. Every parent wants their child to do what they were unable to. Every parent is hoping to fulfil their

dreams through their child. Is that fair? We adults cannot manage to work a nine-hour shift, then get home and do the household chores, cater to everyone's needs and go to bed at night without complaining. Yet, our children spend the whole day at school, which by no means is easy with the extensive competition, extra and co-curricular activities, additional assessments, and peer pressure, and come home before going for tuitions, extra classes and co-ordinated activities after which they have a lot of homework to finish before retiring to bed. And somehow, we still assume that they have a carefree and less stressful life.

We often take the liberty to say that children are doing a lot in school and, yes, they are. All schools cater to a child's holistic development. They nurture the child and help develop all possible skills exposing him to innumerable activities and opportunities to learn. Why, then, do parents insist on their child having the edge over other children??

Yes, children are made to put in their best efforts and invest their time in school, where they are challenged to work to their best ability, and therefore need to relax once they get home.

So, keeping in mind the child's needs, abilities and interests, both parents and teachers must cater to what's best for a child to grow while being nurtured and less stressed.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Safety at Trio World Academy Bengaluru

Adhering to the highest standards that any international school must mandatory impart, TRIO makes utterly sure that the school becomes a haven for its pupils. The security here is impeccably the best with over 67 CCTV digital cameras installed at various places insides the school. We have GPRS,Speed Governors, Fire extinguishers and First Aid in our buses by which our pupils commute. These AC buses have seat belts too.

Before making any kind of recruitment, TRIO ensures that every teaching and non-teaching candidate goes through Criminal Background Verification Check.

The school premises is built upon keeping in mind that no safety measure remains untouched and the students spend their time unscathed. For ensuring this, all classroom doors have disabled locks from the inside; one can clearly see through glass of each classroom doors for visibility and the unused rooms are locked permanently. Every classroom has a smoke detector and a fire alarm installed. We make it a point that students get their learning within carefree and safe class rooms.

All staff and support staff are on company role they are to follow company disciplinary policies. They have to mandatorily adhere to the written or implied regulations that school enlists for them.

TRIO implements child protection policy and complaint redressed provisions. This gives a guarantee that every child is within full safety ambit. Students are not allowed to access to mobile phones during their school hours. Moreover, Internet and Wi-Fi are firewalled so that there remains no media and personal mails access for misuse. This leaves no ground for negligence at any cost.

At every quarter, mock fire alarm drill is conducted in the school to make every one learn to take safety measure at the time of panic or danger. In case, if there is still any accident that takes place in the campus, we assure that the staff and the students get comprehensive accidental cover to the utmost extent.

Some accidental cases owe their transpiration to psychological ratiocinates. We therefore facilitate to have for our school, a psychological counselor for time-to-time counseling given at the time of need. TRIO owes to unmatched safety standards that any international institution is bound to have.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Trio World Academy - Entrepreneurship and Children

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Trio World Academy, Bangalore, believes in grooming our students to be proactive and compassionate contributors to the society. An entrepreneurial mindset is one asset that students can be encouraged to cultivate. At Trio, we believe it is our responsibility as an international school to impart globally relevant skills that can transform communities.

What is Entrepreneurship?

One might feel that the term entrepreneurship is overused by the media. But in a broader sense, it is a way of approach to life that indentifies needs or problems and utilizes resources in the best possible way, to benefit all the people involved.

The benefits of starting early

The CEO of Zappos, online shoe and clothing store, Tony Hseih, ran a business of making custom buttons when he was 12 years old.
As we grow older, our imagination tends to be less broad & unrestrained. Children on the other hand, are energetic, creative and adventurous. They have immense potential to become problem solvers.

New technologies continue to make our lives simpler and more enjoyable. Some of these are the result of such bold ventures. Despite these, the society still faces problems that affect the health and livelihoods of its people.
What we can do to help students

Students must not just be taught the practical skills behind entrepreneurship. Values like discipline, hard work, compassion, honesty, courage and persistence can be inculcated in them. Skills like brainstorming, goal setting, planning and team work need to be boosted.

One needs to teach them that there are many ways to approach a problem. By teaching kids that making mistakes while learning is really the best way to grow, we are bolstering their ability to be innovative at solving problems. They must be encouraged to pick challenging problems and tackle them with enthusiasm.

Profits and monetary benefits are only one aspect of succeeding as an entrepreneur. Focusing solely on these gains might be a detriment to their personal growth and can thwart great ideas. When we contribute to the prosperity of a community, it cannot but take us to new heights.